Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

1961 car - with 20 miles on clock

The Triumph Herald is expected to fetch thousands at auction

A 52-year-old classic car with one careful lady owner and only 20 miles on the clock is expected to fetch thousands at auction.

The rare Triumph Herald is virtually brand new and still has its original 1961 tax disc, costing £15, on its windscreen.

Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith said: "The car dealer sold the Triumph Herald to a lady customer in 1961 and it was delivered to her home on a trailer.

"Some years later he got a phone call from the family to say the lady had passed away and would he like to buy the car back?

"When he went to see it, he discovered it had not been driven from the day it had been delivered brand new - and decided to keep it as part of his private collection."

The Triumph is expected to achieve between £12,000 and £15,000 at auction.

It is set to go under the hammer in Norfolk along with two Triumph Dolomites, each with about 80 miles on the clock, and a 1960 Triumph Herald which has done 3,750 miles.

They are part of a private collection being sold by East Anglian Motor Auctions in Wymondham.

The auction takes place at midday on Saturday.

The Triumph Herald would have originally cost about £750, the auctioneer said.

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